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The Secret

   A woman named Vicki once knew a young person at church named Susan.  Susan

always seemed effervescent and happy, although Vicki knew she had faced

struggles in her life.  Her long-awaited marriage had quickly ended in

divorce.  She had struggled to get a grip on her single life.  She hadn't

chosen it, but she decided she would live it with utmost enjoyment and


    Susan was active in Sunday school, in the choir, as a leader of the junior

high girls' group, and in the church renewal movement.  Vicki enjoyed

knowing Susan.  Susan's whole face seemed to smile.

    One day Vicki asked Susan, "How is it that you are always so happy, you have

so much energy, and you never seem to get down?" With her eyes smiling,

Susan said, "I know the secret!"

    "What secret is that?" "What are you talking about?" Vicki asked.

Susan replied, "I'll tell you all about it, but you have to promise to share

the secret with others." Vicki agreed, "Okay, now what is it?"

    "The secret is this: I have learned there is little I can do in my life that

will make me truly happy.  I must depend on God to make me happy and meet my

needs.  When a need arises in my life, I have to trust God to supply

according to His  riches.  I have learned most of the time I don't need half

of what I think I do.  He has never let me down." 

    Vicki's first thought was, That's too simple!  But upon reflecting over her

own life she recalled how she thought a bigger house would make her happy,

but it didn't!  She thought a better paying job would make her happy, but it

hadn't.  When did she realize her greatest happiness?  Sitting on the floor

with her grandchildren, playing games, eating pizza or reading a story, a

simple gift from God.

    Susan knew the secret, Vicki learned the secret, and now you know it too!

We can't depend on people to make us happy.  Only God  with His infinite wisdom will

take care of you!